October  2018, Vol. 18, No. 10

Celebrate Fall in the Parks

Create a “Boo-Tiful Mobile,” enjoy a “BOO-stravaganza,” take a “Creepy Crawly Hayride,” gobble s’mores by a campfire, ride the “Ghost Train,” explore a “Halloween Adventure,” decorate a pumpkin at the “Pumpkin Party on the Hill,” revel in stories during “Historic All Hallows Eve,” test your courage at the “House of Reptiles and Night Ride,” take a forest walk during “Haunted Pond” and “Haunted Pond Jr.,” discover your courage at “Fear-less Fest,” and be a super hero at a “Sci-Fi Halloween Campfire.” There’s also a “Pumpkin Patch at Nature Playce” and, for the artistic, a Halloween-themed floral decoration in the “Floral Workshop: Floral Pumpkin Patch.” Explore all the fall programs in parks online.

Foxes, Coyotes and Squirrels, Oh My

If you have a question about wildlife, where do you go for the answer? We suggest our not-so-subtly named I Have A Question About Wildlife blog.
It’s a handy explanation of who oversees what, and who can give you authoritative information about the critters that roam in our yards and live in nearby meadows, waters and woods.
If you need even more information, head to a park nature center.

20 Years of Acoustic Jams and A Full Day of Music

This will be a boot-stompin’ hullabaloo with some pretty terrific music. Musicians have gathered on select Sunday afternoons at Frying Pan Farm Park for two decades, and on Sunday, October 21, they’ll celebrate the 20th anniversary of Frying Pan’s Acoustic Jam. If you play, bring a guitar, banjo, dobro, fiddle or bass and join the fun. If you like music, bring your ears, your fingers, your toes or anything else to tap along with the good times. It’s fun, and it’s free. 
Afterwards, stick around, because the 2018-19 season of Bluegrass Barn kicks off that same evening in the Frying Pan Visitor Center. The concert series brings you some of the best bluegrass in the mid-Atlantic. It's a full day of music at Frying Pan.

Colvin Run Mill After Dark

A couple hundred years ago, the area’s mills might have been grinding 24 hours a day. The crops were in, and it was time to turn them into cornmeal or flour. Now comes your chance to see the historic Colvin Run Mill grinding after dark.
See the mill grind and take part in historic games and activities. Colvin Run Mill Historic Site, 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, October 20. Details are online.

Attend Two Parties at the Same Time

What do you do when you’re invited to two parties at the same time? Go to both! Double your fun at Frying Pan Farm Park’s Fall Carnival and Farm Harvest Days. Carnival food, rides and games will be available at the park on October 12-14.
On the 14th and 15th, help load the antique apple cider press, milk a goat, peel apples, grind corn and explore the park’s antique equipment during Farm Harvest Days. Admission and parking are free to both events!

Tales of Historic Objects

Where did the idea of catching a ring on a carousel develop?
What can a Civil War map tell us? 
What did a table setting look like 200 years ago?
Historic objects help us answer those and a thousand other questions.
Introduce yourself to the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Historic Object Collections in our blog, “Historic Collections Tell Fairfax County’s Stories.”

Ellmore Farmhouse Applications Reopen

The Resident Curator Program is reopening applications for the Ellmore Farmhouse. This is an opportunity for an individual or an organization to secure a lease for the property in return for caring for it. There will be an open house at Ellmore on October 13. Details are online.

Park Museums Accredited

Out of 33,000 museums in the United States, only about three percent are accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). The AAM establishes standards that recognize museums for their commitment to excellence, accountability and professionalism. We’re proud to say that this fall Colvin Run Mill Historic Site, Frying Pan Farm Park, Green Spring Gardens, Resource Management Division’s Historic Artifact Collections, and Sully Historic Site have all been honored with AAM accreditation.

Fall at Farmers Markets 

Farmers Markets are still open. Squash, greens, pumpkins and more are rolling in. The whens, wheres and whats are on the Farmers Market web page. Three of the markets are hosting Fall Harvest Celebrations during the last week of October.

October Activities in Parks

Oct. 5: Adapted Teens' Night Out at Frying Pan Farm Park

artiFACTS: An American Art Innovation

Newborns at Frying Pan Farm Park

Free Birding Walks at Riverbend Park

Fall Lawn Care

Farmers Market Apples and Homemade Applesauce Recipe

Maintenance Trail Work in Sugarland Run Stream Valley

Campfire Programs in Parks

Programs for Scouts


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